Wondering what to donate for the basket raffle at the PPA Fashion Show on November 11? Here are 24 basket ideas to get your imagination rolling… get together with your friends to collect the items from one of these suggestions, or use these as inspiration to come up with something truly unique on your own!

Remember, tickets, sponsorships, and more information about everything from donations to volunteering can be found at spprep.org/FashionShow. We’ll see you for Prep’s Next Top Model on Sunday, November 11 at the Brownstone in Paterson!

  1. Trusty Traveler: Everything business travelers need to jetset in style. Include a suit bag, leather briefcase, Bose headphones and travel pillow into a carry-on roller with wheels.
  2. Mixologist’s Wheelbarrow: Stock a wheelbarrow full of alcoholic beverages, plus mixing tools and cocktail recipes. This is one big “basket” that’s guaranteed to get plenty of attention!
  3. Fitness Guru: Tools to stay in shape at home and at the gym. Include a home gym package, yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands, a “smart” water tracking bottle, fitness DVDs and a membership to the local gym.
  4. Yearlong Dinner Club: Try new restaurants in your area with friends. Procure 12 dinners for four from 12 different restaurants.
  5. Grill Master: Perfect as football season gets underway. Stock a cooler with a picnic set, food & drink gift certificates and a stereo. Include pork and barbecue rubs, marinades and grill accessories like thermometers, rotisseries and an apron. Up the ante by presenting right in a grill or barbecue.
  6. Looking Suave: Pair men’s grooming essentials like a shaving kit, heated shaving cream dispenser, shower mirror and electric razor .  You can even include neckties from an exclusive Men’s Shop.
  7. Gourmet Wine and Dine: A few bottles of fine wine pair perfectly with gourmet goodies: think pacific smoked salmon, camembert cheese, Godiva chocolates and truffles, olive oils, vinegars, specialty cupcakes and more. Complete the set with a leather serving tray.
  8. Tee Time: Must-have supplies for frequent golfers. Essentials include a pack of wooden golf tees, a golf towel, bristle brush, putting cup, oversized umbrella, visors, golf clubs and covers. Up the ante with a golf experience like golf for three at a private country club with a member, or golf at 20 courses.
  9. Home & Garden: Homey details that add charm and a splash of green. Try a birdhouse with bird feeder, a dozen different succulents, gardening tools, seeds, gloves and a gift card to a home improvement store or gardening center. Store it all in a sturdy ceramic, metal or wooden planter.
  10. Fun in the Sun: Obtain designer sunglasses (his & hers), beach towels, sand toys, sunscreen, tropical beverages, waterproof cameras, snorkel gear and an e-reader to enjoy at the beach. Store in a big straw tote, suitcase or on a beach chair, with bright decorations like paper umbrellas and leis.
  11. Sommelier in Training: Include custom-labeled red and white wines plus a bottle opener, ice bucket, wine reference books, a small wine fridge, wine rack and portable wine canteen (like Corkcicle). You can even consider offering a hands-on Experience such as a winery tour.
  12. Night at the Movies: Perfect for film buffs and casual moviegoers alike. Gather a dozen or so top-rated Blu-rays or DVDs (could be themed by genre, time period, Academy Award winners, etc.), then add popcorn, boxed candy and movie passes.
  13. Night Under the Stars: Great for families and couples. Include a tent, sleeping bags, metal skewers, a cooler full of beer, a camp stove or fire pit, backpacks, thick knit blankets, a telescope and LED lantern.
  14. Holiday Cheer: Gather all the necessities for a cozy hot chocolate party, including 4 ceramic mugs, marshmallows, gourmet hot cocoa mix, cinnamon sticks, holiday movies and thick knit blankets. Then pair with a winter sleigh ride. Tempt festive merry-makers with a trip for 2 to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony.
  15. Ultimate Sports Fan: This basket is geared towards fans of your most popular local team of any sport and level. Include themed merchandise like official equipment, a framed signed jersey, pilsner glasses, hat, season tickets and parking passes.
  16. Gift Card Frenzy: If you’ve procured a variety of gift cards, group them together into a huge gift card tree, so the sum is more valuable than the parts. Organizing in a fun bundle like this photo frame guarantees something for everyone – and doubles as home decor.
  17. Family Day: Make it easy for parents to enjoy a day out with the kids. Auction off four annual passes to the zoo, museum tickets, backstage passes at the county fair and gift cards to kid-friendly restaurants. Then keep the party rolling at home with board games and a pizza gift certificate.
  18. Creativity Unleashed: Offer pottery lessons from the local art studio plus ceramic tools like clay cutters, rolling pins and throwing tools. Alternatively, you can gather scrapbooking supplies like brush pens, embellishments, ribbons, adhesives and fine paper to create a scrapbooking party in a box. Up the ante with private glass-blowing classes; as far as unique experiences go, chances are your donors haven’t shaped molten glass!
  19. Morning Wake-up Call: Most audiences have a few die-hard coffee enthusiasts. Offer a fresh cup of joe with a variety of top-rated, fair trade coffee beans, a French press, plus a heavy scoop, travel tumbler and sugar jar. Don’t forget the Starbucks gift cards and mugs!
  20. Luxurious At-home Spa: Recreate the relaxing atmosphere of a spa. Offer bath salts, shower gels, soaps, a fluffy bathrobe, lotions, candles, slippers, nail polish, essential oils and a diffuser, plus a gift card to a local spa good for weekly massages, manicures and skin scrubs.
  21. Baking for a Sweet Tooth: Baking for the 21st century! Must-have baking gadgets include a cookie dough scoop, food scale, “split down the middle” pie pan, brownie-edge pan and magnetic measuring spoons, plus trusty favorites like bundt pans, mason jars, pot holders and cake decorating supplies. Make this package even sweeter with dessert tools like an ice cream maker or Vitamix beldner. Store in a pretty bread basket, crystal trifle glass or slow cooker.
  22. Auto Enthusiasts: Everything car and car-related. Include a car emergency toolkit, car washes and fuel gift cards.
  23. Spice It Up: Appeal to aspiring MasterChefs with two dozen essential spices and seasoning blends, plus pepper and salt mills. Include unique spices like saffron, truffles and sumac. Present on a spice rack, then keep recipes going year-round with a few copies and a gift subscription of a cooking magazine like Cooking Light or Bon Appetit.
  24. Gone Fishing: Include fishing gear like rods, reels, nets, hats and a fully equipped tackle box.Store in a big metal chum bucket. Up the ante by including some nice cigars stored in a humidor (this keeps cigars from overheating in the sun and losing their oils and flavor).

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